Getting caught up on the other big Phillies-related news from yesterday.
The Phillies made their first official off-season transactions to clear room for next season’s 40-man roster. The team outrighted Joe Thurston and Randall Simon to Triple-A Ottawa, which will temporarily serve as the Phillies Class-AAA affiliate next season before the club moves to Allentown. They also released right-hander Julio Santana (pictured right in case you've never seen him before).
Thurston, primarily a second baseman who was added to the Phillies as a spare/emergency outfielder, hit .222 (4-for-18) in 18 games following his promotion from Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. With the Red Barons, he batted .282 with nine homers and 20 steals and was named to the Triple-A all-star team.
Simon, a veteran of several big-league clubs, was signed Sept. 1 from the Rangers and hit .238 (5-for-21) with two pinch-hit RBIs.
Santana, who signed as a free-agent last fall, posted a 7.56 ERA in seven appearances before undergoing season-ending elbow surgery.
Only a Phillies-obsessed nut-job would offer final thoughts on these three gentlemen. Sadly, I have a thing for fringe players. Thurston, 27, was kind of a crappy contract purchase during a time when the outfield was in flux and dinged-up. His Triple-A job should be secure since the Phillies have squat in terms of upper-level middle-infield prospects. However, don't expect a big-league encore here. As for the sausage assassin, I hear they’re looking for a few good bats in Mexico. Take Julio with you. That's the guy pictured above.